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Excuse all the boxes and dust... having been at LiveJournal for so many years, you collect lots of stuff! I won't abandon LJ entirely... yet. But if things keep circling the drain that they currently are, I may not have a choice.

So I suppose I have a second home here now!
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Two years ago today, I was sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta where I was working a show. [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 was back here in So Cal where she was getting herself settled in after our epic journey across the country in the Mighty Focus with her incredibly large puppy dog who seemed to enjoy belching in my ear (the dog, not the girl) and her cat tucked safely away in her carrier. We'd trekked across some of the wastelands of this country but eventually made it out here. I reflected on that journey a little bit before I decided to ask her if she wanted to make things official between us. We were of course, already unofficially together but you know, it was a case of it not being "official" until it's "Facebook official" and all... because nothing in the world *really* happens until it's posted on Facebook.

So yeah... two years ago, [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 foolishly agreed to make our relationship official and we've been together ever since. And it's been an amazing two years. She's an incredible woman filled with so much strength, courage, compassion and love. She picks me up when I'm down, encourages me to excel, to be better than I ever thought I could be and kicks me in the ass when I need it. She has brought more joy and happiness into my life than I ever thought possible and I'm grateful for every last moment I get to spend with her. She inspires me and helps me strive to better my world. She's an absolutely amazing person, we fit together so well in so many ways and I feel like the luckiest boy ever.

Thank you for two wonderful and amazing years, sweetheart. You are the best.

So yeah, that happened. :-)

Last night was my sister's birthday. I made her favorite dish... seafood fettuccini. I didn't realize that I made it for her every year on her birthday but apparently, I do! But I know it's her favorite and I only make it that one time a year so I suppose that's okay. I think it turned out pretty well though [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 could probably tell you whether it did or not.

Not sure what the plan for today is... likely a lot of much needed downtime with one another. We'll likely grab some dinner or something but I see lots of mellowness and relaxation in our immediate future. Tomorrow, I has a plan for something but we'll have to see how that goes. There are a couple of factors like Miss Annabelle to consider. But just getting to spend the weekend together will be nice. It always is. And bonus points for her roommate not being around this weekend. That means we can just totally relax and sleep in the air conditioned living room if we so choose! Oh yes, it's all about the simple pleasures in life. lol...


So how about you, my fine, feathered friends? What sort of milestones are you hitting this week? How has the Universe been treating you? Has it given you a warm and gentle hug? A kick to the junk with a steel toed boot? What have been the highlights and the lowlights of your weekend? What is going on in your worlds, my friends?

As usual, this is the place to get anything off your chest that needs to be gotten off! Got a blistering rant to unload? Need to trumpet your joy and happiness? Need to climb up on your soapbox and give somebody a little what fer? Need to fling open the windows and scream out to the world? Got a funny story or a joke? Need a little advice or reassurance? This is the place to do it, my friends. Anything and everything is welcome here. Just drop it all in and let it go! The stage is now yours, grab that microphone and belt it out!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Morning Kiddies!

I've got my coffee, a cozy kitty in my lap and some tunes playing. So it's time for our weekly musical show and tell again!

Here's a little of what has my toes tappin' this fine morning...
















As usual, I'm pretty all over the place with what I'm listening to this morning. Some recent discoveries, some from childhood... that's the thing I love about music though. It can still be good YEARS later.

So how about you, my friends? What's on your playlist this morning?
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Well Good Saturday, Good People!!! And how fares thee all?

Let me just say, for the record, that it is bloody freaking HOT. We've been living through an agonizing heat wave for the last couple of weeks and it bloooooows. Okay, agonizing for me, some others may just find it mildly sucktastic. I hate the heat though. I'm a winter boy through and through. Give me some cold and possibly rainy weather and I'm a happy lad.

Other than the bloody heat, the week was actually very good. Busy with lots to do but a good week nonetheless. So yay for that!

I'm still playing catch-up on a ton of things so I'm so sorry that I've been MIA... I have many comments to reply to. I'm sorry I've been a slack-ass, sucky LJ friend lately! Now that I will begin having some free time... well, I'm still going to be working on POD II like a madman... but since that is the only real thing left on my plate, I'm hoping to be more of a regular fixture around here again. So hang with me, folks. I'm sorry that I'm way behind but will catch up! Promise!

I'd set aside the morning to finish the last bit of housekeeping on POD I... there were a few edits that had to be made on the piece that I'm swapping out and I also needed to combine all 13 pieces into one document before sending it back to my editor for the final time. So after fighting with Word for a while, I finally got everything loaded into one document... but now some of my formatting is screwed. So I have to go through it all and manually fix everything. Ugh. But hey, once this is done, it's done and gone and it will forever be off my plate. I'm kinda sad about that in a way... it's the first child o' mine that I am releasing out into the wild. I'm hoping against hope that it sprouts some wings and flies! So keep your digits crossed!

Looking forward to tomorrow... I have a sooper seekrit little adventure planned for [livejournal.com profile] pixie117... nothing major huge or anything, but a good bit of fun and geekery will be had, I'm sure. I love that she can go do these silly, fun, geeky little things with me and have a really great time. That makes me a happy boy because I love going and doing the dorky stuff like I have planned for tomorrow. So yay for that too! Hopefully this doesn't cross the super-dork threshold for her though!

Well, I'm done fighting with POD I for the moment. Perhaps, I'll get to sneak in a little time over the weekend to wrap it up and send it on its way. As sad as I will be to see it go, I need to be done with it. Otherwise, I can pick, poke and prod at it forever!

So now I shall turn the floor over to you, my fine, feathered friends! How has your week been? How has the Universe treated you? With a kind and gentle hand? A cold slap upside the head? What have been the highlights and lowlights of your week? What made the final cut and what ended up on the editing room floor? What is the haps in your worlds, my friends?

Once again, this is the place to get anything and everything off of your chests! Need to scream and shout about something? Looking for some advice and reassurance? Need to climb up on your soapbox and belt it out? Need to rant, rave and otherwise foam at the mouth? Need to just tell us about something good in your world? This is the place to do it. Just step right up and grab the microphone... the spotlight is yours!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Morning, Kids!

It's Saturday morning so that means it's "What Are You Listening To?" time again! Because I'm nosy like that.

Seriously though, since I started doing these things, I've been exposed to a ton of really great music that I'd never heard of before. [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 is always exposing me to new music so that of course, made me curious about what the rest of y'all were listening to as well!

So on that note, it's share time! Here is some of what I'm listening to this morning. As always, bonus points for clips!













So how about you, folks? What's on your playlist today?
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‘twas a good run indeed.

I know, I know, some of y’all out there think I’m the world’s biggest idiot. To have a 1 in 4 shot at winning it all and walking away from it? What am I, stupid? Wait… don’t answer that.

I feel like I owe some of you guys a bit of an explanation. I know that some of you guys had a WTF moment last night. So let me try to lay it all out…

In Which I Explain My WTF-ery )

And lastly… thanks once again for putting this all together and keeping it afloat for us, Gary. You know I love and treasure all things Idol. It’s always a fantastic and interesting ride through the Idolverse and I really appreciate the fact that you devote so much of yourself to giving us this wonderful, wonderful place. Thanks a ton, Gary.

The Top-4 is a kick-ass group and the run to the finals should be exciting to watch!
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Good Day, Good People!!! And how fares thee all on this fine, if sweltering freaking day?

It's bloody hot here. And a bit sticky and humid as well. It's days like this, I'd rather have my happy ass parked on an iceberg up in Alaska. I just don't do heat very well. Which... living in Southern California is a bit problematic. All the more reason for me to flee this cesspool for cooler climates! I hear Oregon and Washington singing their siren songs to me...

Anyway... I just finished lopping off the fifteen pounds of hair sitting on my head hoping that would help. Doesn't seem to be helping too much at the moment. As I shaved my head down, the feline companion looked at me, with what I thought was a very hopeful look in his eyes. I think he was hoping I'd give him a shave too. And I was tempted for a minute. It has to suck wearing a fur coat in this heat all day! But I thought better of the idea because if I did shave him down, he'd probably kill me in my sleep. Not that he doesn't try to already but still.

All in all, it wasn't a bad week. Though I swear to Buddha, one of these days I'm going to snap and bludgeon my coworkers. I think if a jury hears my tale of working woe, there would be no way they'd convict me. They might just give me a thumbs up, a "been there before" look and send me on my way. Right???

Other than work irritation, things weren't bad. Progress was made on both POD I and POD II... POD I is just about ready to be sent off. I just need to set the order of the pieces and for that, I'm hoping my dear [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 will give me a hand. Once that's done and it's off my plate completely, I can focus everything I have on POD II. So keep your digits crossed for me! (for all of my new friends, POD I and POD II are my current writing projects... POD I is hopefully going to be released in September and POD II is a little more complicated... but you can read about it a few entries back if you're so inclined!)

So yeah... there's all of that and the Idol vote going on. Which is nerve-wracking in and of itself since we can't see 2 of the polls being conducted. But we have to wait until freaking Tuesday before the dust settles and we see who the Final 4 left standing are going to be. Yikes. It's going to be a long few days, I tell you.

So it appears that Mittens has made his choice for his Veep... Paul Ryan. Ugh. Could be worse I suppose. Mittens could have picked somebody people actually like, somebody who *isn't* a poor-hating, woman-hating, elitist, homophobic, flip-flopping liar. So there's that, I suppose.

Well, I need to go get myself all put together and get on out the door. Daylight's burnin' as they say! I shall now turn the floor over to you fine folks!

So how has your week been? How has the Universe treated you? With kid gloves? An iron fist? Need to get something off your chest? Need to vent, rant or otherwise explode? Got a funny story, a joke or an inappropriate haiku? Need to jump up on your soapbox and deliver a paint-peeling, toe-curling epic rant? Want to sing somebody's praises, wish them well or tell them to take a long walk off a short pier? Anything and everything is welcome here.

For my new friends, this here is your place to get it all out. You're welcome to rant, scream or otherwise carry on about anything that may be going on in your world. Scream, shout, throw yourself on the floor kicking and crying. This is your place. So step on up, grab the microphone and belt it out!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Morning, Kids!

First a little promotion... [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic is holding a friending frenzy so if you're looking to add some new folks to spice up your life a bit, head on over here...


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There's lots of fun, fascinating folks running around over there! So go... be social, make friends, have fun!

Now it's music time! Here's a little sampling of what's on my playlist this morning. I suppose it's sort of a really odd, strange, diverse morning, musically speaking...
















Yeah, I like a lot of different music.

So how about you all out there? What's on your Saturday Morning Playlist? For my new friends, I always enjoy throwing up clips of what I've been listening to and totally love seeing what's gettin' your toes tappin' in the morning. I love music and I have a diverse group of friends with different musical tastes so it's always fun to see what you're listening to!

So let's have it! As always, bonus points for clips!
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The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is the last of my six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

Better Be Nice! )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(F): Patchwork. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is my fourth of six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

It's Just Business... )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(D): Explode. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is my third of six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

Big Brother Can Suck It! )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(C): Group Think. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is my second of six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

Kind and Generous... )





This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(B): Dedication. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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The final installment of Hell Week has commenced... Here is my first of six entries to round things out... May the Idol gods be kind and generous.

I Will Not Be Ignored! )





This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36C(A): It Ain't Easy Being Green. As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I have no clue what sort of madness to expect but it should be interesting. Thank you, guys. You keeping me in this game means the world to me!
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Good Morning and Good Saturday Fellow Humans!

How is everybody today? How has your week been, my friends?

I've spent my morning piddling away... tinkering with a current piece, giving my kitter-cat a little love and trying to mentally work through POD II. I also have two of the six pieces for Idol this week nearing completion and I'm more or less happy with them, so that's good. Two down, four to go. *ugh*

I also spent a little time earlier watching videos of tornadoes on YouTube. I'm absolutely fascinated by the sheer power of Mother Nature. Tornadoes just totally and completely fascinate me. Volcanoes are a close second in terms of sheer fascination but for me, tornadoes top the list of things I MUST SEE! Sort of a weird fascination, I know. But hey, something about them just really gets me going. I am bound and determined to go tornado chasing before I'm too old and decrepit to fully appreciate the raw power. A while back, I found this company who will take you on a two-week tour that ranges from the Mexican to the Canadian borders and from the Rockies to the Indiana... so it's a HUGE chase area. But the cost is about $3,000 bucks. So yeah... maybe if I hit it big writing, I'll actually be able to take that tour. Otherwise, I may need to sell a kidney or something. I will make it out there one day, dammit. Just the thrill of seeing these monsters up close and personal would be a rush like I couldn't even imagine. I want and need to do this or I shall not die happy.

Like I said, it's an odd fascination but what are you gonna do?

Here's a little video I ran across for your viewing pleasure. Or dismay.



See? Fascinating and exciting stuff!

Thanks to everybody who chimed in on my update post last night. I'm still feeling a bit stressed and overwhelmed but a lot of the things you said on the post and in private emails means a lot to me. I really appreciate the support and encouragement, you guys. Seriously. I can't tell you how much it means to me. So thanks, guys. I'll keep churning along and we'll see what we see when the dust settles!

I need to get myself together so I can head down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's a bit earlier than normal... we need some time to hang out and relax before we slog through everything that needs to be slogged through today.

So... how was YOUR week, my friends? How has the Universe treated you? Has it given you warm fuzzies? Planted its boot in your ass? What have been the highlights and the lowlights of your week, good people?

Need to get up and shout? Need to get something off your chest? Need to rant, vent and otherwise scream out loud about something? Got a rant you're just dying to unleash? Want to give somebody some hugs and love? Need to hear some kind words today? Anything and everything is welcome here. Just step right up and let it fly!

This here is your stage, my friends. Step on up to the podium, grab the mic and let us know what's going on with you.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Morning, Folks!

I do love my Saturday mornings... it's *my* time. Well... it's actually my time to cater to the wishes and whims of my feline companion. He started at about five this morning by knocking down my spare change jar, pulling over my computer speakers and because I fell asleep with the computer on last night, stood on the keyboard until the computer made this horrible beeping sound. Half-asleep, I'd chase him off the keyboard but he'd pop right back up on it when I tried to get back to sleep. I swear to Buddha, this cat is smart. Too smart for *my* own good, that's for sure.

Now he's had his breakfast, is fat and happy and is just curled up in my lap as I sip my coffee and tinker with a writing piece and play around online a bit. Gotta love cats, huh?

So... since music always fuels my Saturday, here's some of what's been on my playlist this morning...












So what's on your playlist this morning, folks?
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Hell Week, that is. Otherwise known as Week 36... also known as the week that wouldn't die!

So yeah... 6 topics, then 5 topics and now tonight 6 more topics. I've noticed that ever since Hell Week started, there has been a very distinct pattern of stages. Sort of like the stages of grief in a way.

When the eleventy-billion topics are announced, it sort of looks like this:

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After the initial shock wears off and you realize how much work you have on your plate, it evolves into:

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Then, as you furiously bang away at your keyboard, cursing your muse for abandoning you and watching the clock, knowing that the deadline will soon be upon you, you curse Gary and settle into a stage that looks like this:

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When (if) the rage subsides and you are still furiously banging away at your keyboard, you realize that you have about 20 minutes to squeeze every last drop of creativity out of the increasingly dry sponge of your brain, you move into this territory:

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And finally, when you post everything to your journal, link it to the topic thread and want nothing more than to drink ALL the alcohol and fall down, you feel a little punchy, loopy and you then find yourself rocking in the corner with a blanket over your head having a deep philosophical conversation with your cat. That stage looks sort of like this:

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Then the next eleventy-billion topics are posted and the vicious cycle repeats itself all over again.

And the really funny thing? We do this to ourselves!!!!

But this crazy, out of control freakery is why I love this game so much. I am just a sick, masochistic bastard apparently.
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And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the fifth and final of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...



One Way or the Other... )






This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!
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And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the fourth of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...

I NEED ONE! )


This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!
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And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the third of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...


Visiting Hours )





This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!
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And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the second of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...

One Bad Night )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!
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And here we are, still in the middle of Hell Week... it sure is living up to its name!

Here is the first of my five entries for the week. As always, may the Idol gods be kind and generous...

Do Ghosts Pee? )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36B: Artifice. Thank you guys so freaking much for keeping me in the game this long. I have no idea what to expect this week so I guess you'll find out right along with me! Thank you SO much for your support over these crazy months!!!
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Welcome to HELL WEEK y'all. Here is the sixth and final of my SIX entries for the week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be exceedingly kind and generous...


Looks Can Be Deceiving )


This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36(F): Pain We're down the Final 8 left standing and things are getting intense! As always, thank you so much for stopping by to give me a read and thank you for all of your support over the course of this season. It really does mean the world to me and I know that I wouldn't be here without you guys. Should we have a poll this week, don't forget to stop on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread some voting-love around! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!
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Welcome to HELL WEEK y'all. Here is the fifth of my SIX entries for the week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be exceedingly kind and generous...


It's Lonely at the Top )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36(E): Pinnacle. We're down the Final 8 left standing and things are getting intense! As always, thank you so much for stopping by to give me a read and thank you for all of your support over the course of this season. It really does mean the world to me and I know that I wouldn't be here without you guys. Should we have a poll this week, don't forget to stop on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread some voting-love around! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!
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Welcome to HELL WEEK y'all. Here is the fourth of my SIX entries for the week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be exceedingly kind and generous...


Hail to the Fool )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36(D): Tumbler. We're down the Final 8 left standing and things are getting intense! As always, thank you so much for stopping by to give me a read and thank you for all of your support over the course of this season. It really does mean the world to me and I know that I wouldn't be here without you guys. Should we have a poll this week, don't forget to stop on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread some voting-love around! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!
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Welcome to HELL WEEK y'all. Here is the third of my SIX entries for the week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be exceedingly kind and generous...


You Can Never Go Home Again... )


This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36(C): Nostalgic. We're down the Final 8 left standing and things are getting intense! As always, thank you so much for stopping by to give me a read and thank you for all of your support over the course of this season. It really does mean the world to me and I know that I wouldn't be here without you guys. Should we have a poll this week, don't forget to stop on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread some voting-love around! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!
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Welcome to HELL WEEK y'all. Here is the second of my SIX entries for the week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be exceedingly kind and generous...


Make Me Famous! )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36(B): Current Events. We're down the Final 8 left standing and things are getting intense! As always, thank you so much for stopping by to give me a read and thank you for all of your support over the course of this season. It really does mean the world to me and I know that I wouldn't be here without you guys. Should we have a poll this week, don't forget to stop on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread some voting-love around! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!
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Welcome to HELL WEEK y'all. Here is the first of my SIX entries for the week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be exceedingly kind and generous...


Young Guns... )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36(A): Waking Dream. We're down the Final 8 left standing and things are getting intense! As always, thank you so much for stopping by to give me a read and thank you for all of your support over the course of this season. It really does mean the world to me and I know that I wouldn't be here without you guys. Should we have a poll this week, don't forget to stop on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread some voting-love around! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!
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Good Morning, Good People and a Happy Flippin' Saturday to you!!!!

So we've made it through yet another week on this rock. Go us! And what do you find yourselves up to this weekend, my fine feathered friends?

This weekend, the beautiful and amazing [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I have a romantic weekend of... slogging through a ton of words planned. Evil Overlord Gary made sure of it by dropping SIX freaking topics on us (so far) all due on Monday!!! But hey, that just means we've made it to Hell Week in Idol. So it's a mixed blessing to say the least. But I am SO proud of my girl. She's worked so hard on her writing and is really turning out some GREAT stuff. For her to be one of the last 8 left standing says a hell of a lot, in my book. I couldn't be more proud of her. She is totally awesome and I would really suggest that you all read her pieces when she posts them if you're looking for some great stories to read. Her work is really great stuff and I'm so freaking happy for her. And I think you should be too because she's just that awesome! :-)

I'm slightly slogging a bit. My brain is otherwise occupied at the moment so the ideas aren't quite flowing. Hell, they're not even really trickling at the moment. I have a couple of ideas for a couple of the topics but I'm going to need more if I'm going to get to the starting gate this week. Which I'm hoping I can. The fight from here on in is going to be one epic battle so even if you're not playing Idol this season, I would really suggest stopping on in and checking out some of the good stuff being flung about!

No matter what happens though, I've hit my two major goals that I set out at the beginning of the season. One of which was to hit the 100 week mark. I passed that by surviving last week so I'm pretty stoked about that. It's a fairly small club and I'm pretty happy to have been able to join in the fun. That is thanks to you all who've come out, read my stuff and supported me this whole time which has enable me to go on pretty decent runs in my three seasons. So thanks to you guys for enabling me to hit that milestone!

In non-Idol news... yes, there *is* life beyond Idol (just not much of one when you're in the midst of Hell Week and making a push toward the end!!!)... I have some seriously awesome stuff that I'm dying to share. But at the moment, I'm out of time and can't so for now, it's in the Soooper Seekrit Squirrel folder. But it's completely occupying my brain at the moment... I'm completely overwhelmed and a little stressed out by the sheer enormity of the tasks at hand but it's all good stuff so I'm all smiles about it. I'll have to share when I get some time.

Anyway... I need to get myself together, cleaned up and down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's for our ever-so-romantic write-a-thon weekend! Wish us luck y'all!!!

So how has the Universe treated you this week, my friends? Has it embraced you warmly? Kicked you in the junk repeatedly with a steel-toed boot? Has it kissed your cheek? Punched you in the nose? What have been the highs, lows and in-betweens of your week? What's the haps and how the hell are you, my friends?

You all know the drill... need to get something off your chest? Need to rant, vent, spit or otherwise spew? Want to give somebody hugs and encouragement? Want to just shout from the rooftops about whatever crosses your mind? Want to wave your arms in the air like you just don't care? Feel the need to get up on your soapbox and let loose a string of profanities? Anything and everything is welcomed and encouraged here.

The floor is yours, good people. Step up on stage, let the spotlight hit you, grab the mic and let it all fly.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!!!
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Good Morning All!

Been a busy morning already. What with coffee to be made and consumed, feline companions to be amused and scritched and about a billion Idol entries to write. I did finish one of the six (so far) pieces last night/this morning. It went on for probably way too long so I was trying to hack and slash what I could but it's still pretty long. Ugh. But it is what it is. I more or less like it. We'll see how it turns out though. So one down, eleventy billion to go. At least I have some ideas for most of the others. Now it's just a matter of trying to knock them out. Keep those digits crossed!

So... before I get to my Saturday Playlist, I'm woefully lagging on my 5 Happy Things. Life has just gotten so much busier and interesting this week and I'm having a hard time keeping up with everything on my plate at the moment. I'm a wee bit overwhelmed. But it's all awesome stuff. There are unfortunately just only so many hours in the day!

Okay... on to my 5 Happy Things...

1) Being one of the last eight left standing in Idol. It's pretty amazing that from a field of like 350 or so filled with some *really* talented writers that I've gotten to this point. But of course, I wouldn't have if not for all of the awesome people who've supported me along the way. So THANK YOU ALL for reading and voting for me week after week after week... 36 now and counting... lol... Seriously though, thanks guys. I'm having a blast and your support means the world to me.

2) Getting to spend the weekend with the wonderful, amazing and lovely [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 of course. She makes slogging through the work week bearable because I know that I'll get a couple of days of bliss out time with her. Of course, this weekend will be filled with lots and lots and lots of work but I'll be with her, so it's all good.

3) Sooper Seekrit Squirrel stuff that I can't talk about just yet... but it's awesome and I'm so incredibly freaking stoked right now.

4) Good music. Love listening to songs I haven't heard in a while and reconnecting with them. They're like old, good friends... always there when you need them, all filled with some fond memories. Like coffee, I couldn't live without music.

5) The creative engine seems to be humming along nicely. There's air bubbles in the hoses that throw a hiccup into things now and then but the massive clog that was killing the whole machine a little while ago seems to have been fully cleared and it's currently cranking. And I love it.

Okay, now on with the tunes. Here's some of what's playing in the background in my place today. Looks like I was feeling a little old school today or something...












So how about you fine folks? What music is filling your morning? What's got you thinking and/or tapping your toes? What's on your soundtrack for this Saturday?
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Well we're near the end of another crazy poll this week in "As the Idol Turns..."

There are currently 10 of we whackjobs left standing and when the poll closes tonight... in roughly 90 minutes from now... we will be the last 8 whackjobs left standing. 35 weeks of competition and it's getting *SO* close to the end. Yikes!

Which of course means that things get super crazy. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest crazy. I'm just waiting for Nurse Ratched to walk in and stick something in an uncomfortable spot. And no, not in the back seat of a Volkswagen. Bonus points if you catch both references there.

Ahem. Anyway... one of my very dear friends is possibly on the block this week. Below is our eeeeensy-weeeensy little poll. If you have but a moment, could you take a look at a great piece by the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] porn_this_way who is an all around fantastic person by the way. Take a look and give her some love!

Though my sweetheart [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I seem on the safer end of the poll (though honestly, with things jumping like they are, you never know!) But [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 wrote a piece that I absolutely love this week and really hope people will take a few minutes to read her piece because it really is that awesome. Her writing is getting stronger and stronger as the weeks go by and I think she did a great job with this piece and I'm really proud of her. And I hope folks will tell her so!

Anyway... here is the poll. If you could take a second to read and maybe throw a vote down for at least, [livejournal.com profile] porn_this_way I'd appreciate it!

I swear there won't be any of these voting links soon enough... I'll actually get back to *gasp* regular content! Oh dare to dream.


You can throw some votes down OVER HERE!!!

Thanks, guys. You all absolutely ROCK!
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This week had something a little different in store for us... we had to find somebody who has not played this season to be our mighty Champion! I was fortunate enough to badger the lovely, talented and all-around awesome [livejournal.com profile] sharya into championing me for this round! So please, go take a gander at her piece! She did a fantastic job on my behalf and I am truly thankful to her.

But that doesn't mean we got to take the week off. Oh no... of course not.


Once again, I lay my entry upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods... may they be merciful.

Warning! Content may be triggering to some... please proceed with caution )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Week 35: "Sin of Omission"... and this is Champion week, so don't forget to check out my wonderful Champion [livejournal.com profile] sharya's piece as well! As always, thank you SO much for your support over these long weeks, guys. Your constant reading of my drivel and supporting me means the absolute freaking world to me. We're now at the Top 10 and I wouldn't be here without you! But your support means more than ever! Don't forget to swing on by the polls, read some great stuff and spread a little voting-love around! Thanks for everything, guys!!!
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Okay, let's see if I can do a better job of staying on top of these this week, shall we???

Here are the 5 things making me happy today.

And away we go...

1) An altogether wonderful and amazing weekend with [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 of course. We had lots of lounging around time and time to really connect, which was great. She took me out to dinner on Saturday and on Sunday, we had to run a few errands and she indulged me by letting me get some ice cream... which is ordinarily death upon me. Ain't she sweet? It was a great weekend.

2) Unexpected opportunities popping up and giving you rays of hope for bigger and better things.

3) Cool evening breezes. I'm not one for the heat... like at all. So I appreciate that it gets nice and cool in the evenings.

4) Having the creative machine in my head working again. It may not quite be firing on all cylinders yet but it's humming along and I'm pretty pleased overall.

5) Having a job. It may drive me crazy and push me to the brink of mass homicide some days but it pays the bills, I have tremendous amounts of freedom and rock solid job security. In this day and age, that's something. I need to remember, especially in those times when I want to beat people to a bloody pulp that I should be thankful for this when so many don't have it.


Hey, I made it through 5 tonight. Wooooo Hooooo!

Hope you all have a great night!
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Good Weekend Once Again, Good People! And how fares thee all?

There's nothing like the panic and anxiety from something completely unexpected to repair the parts in the machine that had been broken, huh?

Project O' Doom II has been stalled out and was really looking like it needed to be toe-tagged but something I'd done about a month ago on a whim and as an exercise came back to me this week which demanded my full attention. Talk about stuff blowing up in your face... and not even necessarily in a bad way.

Anyway, I took the day off of work yesterday and hammered out about 10,000 words on POD II. I needed to produce about 50 pages plus a full synopsis yesterday and somehow, I managed to do it. And the better thing about it is that I actually liked all of the pages that came pouring out of my head. It's rough and needs some polishing, sure. But I don't think that what I produced yesterday is entirely sucktastic. Though, I've never written a synopsis before so that I'm not too sure about. I am pretty sure that bit blows so I've spent a lot of this morning trying to polish the hell out of it. I don't know how much good it did though.

Unexpected opportunities apparently have a way of focusing the brain and a stress-filled panic can compel you to write like the freaking wind and can unclog the mental machine all in one fell swoop. Amazing. Who knew?

So yeah... my week has been a bit... strange. Good but strange. You just never know when a door of opportunity is going to fly open. I suppose the trick is to not let it fly open and smack you in the nose. Which... this one kind of did but I'm hoping it doesn't leave any permanent marks.

So how about you, my friends? How was YOUR week? Anything unexpected crop up? Or was it pretty much status-quo around your parts? Has it been a good week? A bad week? An in-the-middle kind of week? What's new and exciting in your world? What's old and predictable? What have been the highlights and the lowlights from the week that was, my friends? What is the haps in your worlds?

Once again, this is your sandbox so jump on in with both feet. Need to get something off your chest? Need to vent, scream, cry and wail? Need to thump your chest and give a primal scream? Need to get up on a soapbox and rant to the heavens? Need some words of encouragement or a big hug? Anything and everything is welcome here, as you know.

The spotlight is yours, my friends. Step on up and grab the mic.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth my friends.
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Good Morning Folks.

And welcome to yet another Saturday morning music session. I've spent the morning trying to tweak and polish something so I've had a lot of music going in the background. Typically, when I write, I play classical music... it's soothing and I'm not distracted by lyrics. But since this was more of a spit and shine session, I figured I'd opt for some tunes that get my toes tappin'.

Here's some of what was playing in my room this morning:










So what about you, my friends? What has you tappin' your toes and beeboppin' along this morning? What's on your Saturday morning playlist? Bonus points for clips...
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So my friend [livejournal.com profile] kathrynrose posts a list of 5 Happy Things for the day and I thought it was a cool idea.

With everything going on in my head and in my world lately, I realize that I'm laser-focused on the bad and negative things in my life. I'm completely missing all of the good things that are abounding through my world. And there are many good things... it's sometimes just a matter of digging through the crap to find them.

I desperately need a shift in perspective. I need to stop dwelling and wallowing in the bad and negative things and try to focus more on the good because it's starting to drive me crazy. Okay, crazier. Smartasses.

No, this won't fix everything but at least it might help me not be such a miserable, crotchety, grumpy and cranky boy like all day, every day! Maybe if I start focusing on the good, on making a conscious effort to bring more positivity into my life and my mindset, I'll be happier overall.

So before I call it a day and hit the rack, here's my inaugural 5 Happy Things for the day...

1) A wonderful weekend with [livejournal.com profile] pixie117... some very much needed downtime spent together to reconnect and just hang out. She makes me feel very loved and appreciated and I'm thankful.

2) Managing to power through all 3 of my Idol entries and getting them posted today. You have no idea how close I was to not getting them in. It was super, super close. I don't know how (or if) they'll go over but at least I got them in and didn't just chump out.

3) Sprinkles cupcakes. 'nuff said. (even though I did leave my favorite one back at [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's place today. Booo! Oh well, at least I know she'll enjoy it!)

4) Friends. Good friends who call or email or text just to check up on me and make sure that a) I'm alive and b) doing okay. I have a wonderful and amazing group of friends both in real life and here on LJ and I feel so fortunate.

5) The continued health of the feline companion. He's pushing 19 years old and he's still as spry and cranky as he was back when he was a kitten. He abuses me, bosses me around and my life is better for it.


Well that wasn't so bad. And that wasn't so hard to come up with 5 tonight. Now let's just keep the momentum going and see if I can't change my perspective, huh? I'd love to be far less cynical and cranky. I bet everybody in my life would like that too, actually.

Well, it's time to hit the rack. I should have been in bed a while ago. But I shall now leave you with a funny... Enjoy!

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Here is the last of my three entries for this week's round, laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. May they be kind and generous...


Daddy Issues... )






This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 34(C) Auguries. Once again, I thank you all so much for your support over the course of the season. I truly appreciate you stopping by to give me a read week after week. If we have a poll, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic stuff and spread a little voting-love around! We're down to the final 14 left standing... things are getting crazy so every vote counts! Thanks, guys!!!
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Here is the second of my three entries for this week's round, laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. May they be kind and generous...


Life Isn't About Finding Yourself... )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 34(B) Barefoot, Uphill, Both Ways. Once again, I thank you all so much for your support over the course of the season. I truly appreciate you stopping by to give me a read week after week. If we have a poll, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic stuff and spread a little voting-love around! We're down to the final 14 left standing... things are getting crazy so every vote counts! Thanks, guys!!!
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Here is the first of my three entries for this week's round, laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. May they be kind and generous...


Let Sleeping Ghosts Lie... )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 34(A) Bridge. Once again, I thank you all so much for your support over the course of the season. I truly appreciate you stopping by to give me a read week after week. If we have a poll, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic stuff and spread a little voting-love around! We're down to the final 14 left standing... things are getting crazy so every vote counts! Thanks, guys!!!
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Good day, good people. And happy Saturday to youse guys.

I've been sitting here looking at this screen forever now. And I seriously got nothin' y'all. The ol' noggin is just empty this morning. Something in the machine is broke and just ain't working right. You might say there is a screw or two loose!

So ummmmm....

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So yeah... anyway... I'll just go ahead and turn it all over to y'all.

How has the Universe treated you this week? Has it been kind? Gentle? Good? Cold? Callous? Evil? Has it given you warm fuzzies or a kick in the junk? What's made your personal highlight reel and what's making the Hall of Shame? What is the haps in your worlds, kids?

Need to rant/vent/spew about something? Anything? Need to get something off your chest? Need to air it out? Need to climb up on your soapbox and belt something out? Want to give a special shout-out, warm fuzzies or otherwise, drool on somebody special? Well, this is the place to do it.

You all know the drill... this here is your sandbox, so jump on in and play a while. Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. Just step on up into the spotlight, grab the mic and blow it out. This is your place to get it all out.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Well good morning all!

Ugh. So it was not a very restful night at all. Tossing, turning, up and down... just did not sleep for crap. And of course, the feline companion was poking at me early for his breakfast. Add to that the fact that writing did not go well last night. Like at all. Try as I might, absolutely nothing worked. Just not a great night. Hell, it wasn't even remotely anywhere near a decent night. Bleh.

But it's Saturday. A new day. A chance to start over and make of the day what you'll have it be, right? That's what they say, anyway. I'm all for that. Otherwise, I'd probably give the world the finger and go hide in a dark corner of my closet.

So... I'm going to do my best to make this a good day, dammit. I'm sick of the crap and the bad days. So let's start the day with some tunes, huh?

Here's some of the music I'm listening to this morning...














So what's your playlist this morning, folks? What has you tappin' those toes and singing along? Bonus points for video!
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So that time of the Idol season has rolled around once again... it's time to vote for our Season 8 Spirit of LJ Idol! It's a fun and exciting time indeed!

In the past, I've sat on my hands and didn't actively get out there to bang the drum for the person I thought should be nominated for honor so I wanted to do something different this season... I wanted to get out there, on record in support of the person who best exemplifies the Spirit of Idol to me. And hopefully, I can perhaps even sway some folks who might still be sitting there pondering and mulling things over.

But since this will likely only be of interest to the denizens of the Idolverse, I'll drop this under a cut to spare your peepers a bit. Ain't I kind?

Spirit of Idol Season 8 )
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And here is my second of two sacrifices this week, laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind and generous...

Who Ya Gonna Call? )





This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 33(B): The Call that Never Came. Once again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support all of these weeks. It means the world to me, so thank you!!! As always, if we have a poll, please stop on by, read some fantastic stuff and spread some voting-love around!!!
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Here is the first of my two entries for this week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind and generous...

Anniversary Rituals... )





This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 33(A): Ensemble. As always, thank you SO much for your support over these crazy, crazy weeks. Thanks for always stopping by to give me a read! If we have a poll, don't forget to swing on by, read some really fantastic stuff and spread a little voting-love around! Thanks, guys!!!
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Good Morning and Good Saturday, Good People! Did you all manage to survive the madness that is the 4th? Did you blow off any bodily bits? Or did you manage to survive whole and intact?

I don't know about y'all, but this was just a strange, disjointed kinda week. I never really felt like I got on track or stayed focused on anything. Then again, that seems to be the norm lately.

Words. I don't haz them. Another week with just about nothing substantial put down. This week, we have two entries for Idol due and nothing is working for me. I tried to get my piece down last night for a joint piece with [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 that we'd talked about and I kid you not, I started and re-started that piece more than a dozen times last night. I'd get a few paragraphs in and it just stalled out. It just didn't work. Like at all. I'm just lucky we use computers instead of paper these days otherwise the crumpled up pile of crap by my desk would have filled my room and probably would have been responsible for the death of dozens of trees. I tried doing some freewriting and it basically amounted to a long string of profanities.

But the issue is way bigger than just Idol for me. Not having words or the ability to string together coherent sentences into anything resembling a decent story is a big, big problem for me. What I turned out for Idol last week was luck. I just hammered on the keyboard and hoped for the best. I know that my style tends to be a little sparse, dark and gritty but I think that may have been about the darkest, most violent piece I've ever written. I haven't really stepped back yet to dissect it and see what it was all about. Perhaps I'm better off not doing that come to think of it.

But the bottom line is that my head is a very noisy place lately. Like super noisy. And I find that I'm struggling mightily to turn down the volume, to ignore the babble of voices and focus on my work. Actually, struggling might not be the best word... finding it impossible lately is probably more accurate. I'm seriously stuck on a creative Sahara and need to find my way out. Pronto.

Which is a big problem. I need to find a way to quiet the crowd in my head to allow me to work or it will be a bigger problem.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do about Idol just yet... my hope is that I can focus enough to bang out the two pieces I need. After that, I really need to figure out how to turn the noise off and have a really productive week next week. It's getting more frustrating and worrisome as the days go by without any sort of movement or productivity. Ugh.

So anyway... on that cheery note...

How are you all doing? How has the Universe been treating you? Has it been kind and generous? Do your cups overfloweth? Or are they dry and dusty? Have you had a good week? A bad week? An in-between week? What were the highlights and the lowlights of your week, my friends? What is the haps with you?

As always, this here is your playground. Need to stand up and shout? Need to climb up on your soapbox and rail about something? Need to stand upon the mountaintop and scream your lungs out? Need some words of advice, encouragement or support? Need a virtual hug? Need to virtually punch somebody in the nose? Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. The spotlight is yours, step on up, grab the microphone and belt it out.

Once again, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends.

ETA: Since I didn't manage to get my Saturday Playlist post up earlier... what in the hell are you all listening to today? Bonus points for linking/embedding your musical selections in the comments!!!
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Happy 4th of July to everybody who celebrates it. Having a holiday mid-week is kinda weird. It's not like, if you were so inclined, you could really go out and cut loose tonight since you have to go back to work tomorrow. Well... I suppose many do, but if *I* really wanted to go tie one on, it wouldn't be on a Wednesday night. I'll be heading over to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's here shortly to spend a nice, quiet day with her... shocking, I know. We may grill up some stuff but the grills at her place are all likely to be occupied since it's the 4th and all so we may just opt to head over to our favorite Chinese food place... because nothing says "4th of July" like Chinese food! Am I right?

Ugh. Woke up at 3 this morning feeling like rancid ass. Seriously. It felt like I'd ingested some dairy... which as we all know, doesn't go over well with me. But serious stomach issues and lots of "not keeping things down" was taking place. I was up and down for the rest of the night/morning... I did manage to crash out for a bit longer so that's good, I suppose. Have no idea what it was. I had zero dairy, so I know that's not it. But something evil was inside of me and just needed to come out I suppose. I'm feeling a bit better but I'm still not quite 100%. It's been a slow and sluggish morning, to say the least.

Between the up and down, I had to deal with Antocalypse this morning as well. 'tis the season for the ants to make an appearance, I guess. There were about a billion of them swarming on SoCo's food dish. Which is just awesome. So I had to gather everything up, throw it in the sink, wash down those billion ants, clean everything thoroughly, spray down the ant-infestation and then clean that up so SoCo doesn't accidentally ingest it. There is still the lingering scent of Raid in my room but so far, the ants seem to be beaten back. Though I worry that SoCo is going to be affected by the spray and/or I missed some little patch of it that he's going to ingest. Since I'm leaving here in a few, I'm sort of stressed and worried about my kitty. Not that we haven't been through this drill before but still... massive chemical warfare in areas my cat inhabits is never a good thing.

So needless to say, this has not been a fun or good morning. Ugh. F'ing ants. I hate their creepy little asses.

Anyway... I need to pull it together and head down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's place. So I shall leave you with today's Poll of Random Pointlessness...

Whatever you do, have a GREAT and SAFE 4th of July, folks... and if you don't celebrate the 4th, have a fantastic Wednesday!!!


[Poll #1851549]
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Here is my entry, laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods... as always, may they be very kind and generous...


The Human Condition )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 32: "Open Topic." As always, thank you SO much for your constant support over these crazy weeks and months. Thank you for taking the time out to give me a read. It's really appreciated, guys. As always, when (and IF) we have a poll, don't forget to swing on by read some of the other really fantastic stuff and spread a little voting love around! Thanks, guys!!!
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Good Saturday, Good People.

Well here we are once again... the weekend. And judging by the temperature map from around the country I saw earlier, we're all spending the weekend in the fiery pits of Hell! Yikes, it's hot out yonder. Seriously. I think my eyeballs are sweating.

So in addition to the heat, there is still a whole lot of ick flying around and sticking to a whole lot of people. It's been another rough week for a lot of people I know and love. Which sucks. The Universe is not being kind and gentle lately... to which, I will now tell the Universe to KNOCK IT THE F**K OFF AND EASE UP A BIT, WILL YOU???

Yeah, that should do it.

Ugh... nothing much to report on this end. Nothing that I didn't write about in my previous post this morning. Just stuck in a creative wasteland at the moment. So yeah... seriously, my lack of wordage is so f'ing bad right now that I'm resorting to using "f'ing" and don't have anything insightful or particularly amusing to say here!!! UGH!!!

So on that note, I'm going to toddle off and beat my head against the wall hoping against hope that I'll be able to pound some words into it and I shall just go ahead and turn the floor over to you all. How has the Universe been treating YOU this week? Good? Bad? Indifferent? Had some highs and lows? What have the highlights and lowlights been? What made the final cut and what ended up on the editing room floor?

You guys know the drill... need to get something off your chest? Need to rant or vent a little? Need to shout, scream or otherwise spew? Need to climb up on your soapbox and belt something out? Just make sure to use the appropriate trigger warnings before you do. Ahem.

This here is your playground so jump on in and play a bit! Anything and everything is welcome here. As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!


Oh! One last thing... a special shout-out to my friend [livejournal.com profile] meganleigh85 who is running the Warrior Dash today because she's a nut like that. But she raised some money for charity and is doing a great thing. Hope you had fun and are back whole and in one piece, lady!!!
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Reposting for a friend who is in a bit of a spot and is looking to pick up some extra editing work. So if you guys need a little freelance editing work done, please consider using [livejournal.com profile] cfchica... you'd be helping her and her wonderful kitty cat as well as utilizing her very awesome editing expertise... she'll make anything you write better! It's her superpower. So give her a ding!



Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 at Boosting the signal - Will Edit for Food
This is a friend of mine who loves her fur baby Albert like I love my Annabelle. I couldn't sit by and let her starve without sharing this. Albert is her cat and I believe he had a stroke recently. She's running him back and forth to the vet, sleeping on the floor... Everything that I'm also doing for my puppy. She loves her baby. As an animal lover, I had to spread the word. Even if you can't done today, consider spreading the word? She's an editor and willing to provide her services for donations. That's a pretty sweet deal if you'd ask me.

1) You help a lovely person and her kitty

2) You can utilize her editing expertise

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] cfchica at Will Edit for Food
This month has been brutal. Albert's expenses from the past two weeks plus a couple of missed days of work(boss out of office) so things really suck right now. Big time. A crunching of the numbers shows that I'm not gonna make ends meet. My folks are equally tapped out.

So, I am willing to edit anyone's written piece in exchange for a donation. It's about the only skill I have to offer since I'm not very creative otherwise. I will line-edit and proof any essay, short story, term paper, web content, you name it. Trying hard to stay afloat. It sucks to have to ask for help.

To add insult to an already-injured wallet, one of my job locations will be closed for two days next week, and my other boss will be taking some vacation days next month with his family; since he won't be in the office, I will not need to come in. He expects to be gone for about 3-4 workdays.

I will be having a yard sale alongside a neighbor this Saturday, but there are no guarantees my stuff will sell; people around here are used to designer sample sales and estate sales...no shit. Life by the sea! EBay is out of the question for now. I have textbooks listed for sale on Amazon, but no takers so far.

I contacted some agencies here in Orange County that offer rental assistance. Unfortunately, they will only help if the tenant has a Notice of Eviction in hand. I do not want it to get that far; once a person gets that far they are also on the hook for court costs and filing fees.  Other agencies will only help families. Albert and I do not meet their definition of "family." My food stamp application is making its way through the maze that is Social Services here in OC.

Sooo...if you have anything that needs a once-over or some editing/proofing, shoot it in my direction in Word format. There is a Paypal button on my profile, and you can send your piece to be edited to editsbyelaine at yahoo dot com.

Thank you and (insert name of deity of choice here) bless.
Elaine & Albert



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Good Morning, Good People! I trust we've all made it through the week alive and relatively sane and intact? Though I know that "sane" is a relative term for many of you folks.

I have to make this somewhat quick as I'm up against it timewise. The Verizon Fios guy was out here to install our new stuff this morning. Good timing since my Charter modem took a dump last night and internet connection pretty much went the way of the DoDo. Charter sucks. The Verizon guy just got everything all hooked up and we're back live so keep your fingers crossed that it's a better service and the technofail issues are a thing of the past!

Obviously, I'm still struggling to find my balance. I haven't posted or been around to comment much all week. I'm still way off-kilter and can't find that balance. There's been highs and lows this past week and I'm just... off. It's not a lot of fun, it's driving me batty and I really need to pull myself out of this pile of garbage. I have to accept that there are things I cannot change no matter how bad I want them to. I have to find a way around some of the heaping piles of mental dogcrap rather than plopping down and sitting in it. I have choices to make but I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on them. That needs to change. It needs to change like now because it's spilling over into other areas of my world and I don't like that in the least. Such as my writing... I've been pouring out some words here and there but it's total garbage, pure drek and I'm on the verge of scrapping it all and starting fresh. Maybe it would be good to start with a clean slate. I'm just not pleased with my work. So if for no other reason, I need to clear out the mental attic, sweep out the dirt, grime and cobwebs and open some damn windows to let some fresh air in. My work keeps me grounded and helps keep me sane. That space in my heart and in my head where the love and passion for my work resides is a sacred space and I need to treat it as such.

In short, it's past time I stop freaking wallowing and find my [expletive deleted] balance again. Nobody can do that for me but me. So I serve notice upon myself that I am going to kick my own ass until balance and order are restored. Got that, self? Let's just hope the self doesn't hit back too hard!

Anyway... enough of my whinging. There is a lot of bad juju floating around for a lot of people lately. I dunno. There's something in the air that is making The Suck multiply like f'ing rabbits. Lots of people I know and love are mired in their own gunk. And that bums me out to no end. So I guess I just wanted to say to make sure your friends and loved ones know that you're there, that you care, love and support them. Give them a hug to remind them that no matter what they're going through, that you're there by their side and love them with all of your heart. Because to me, that's sort of what it feels like... a lot of people lost and feeling alone out there in the woods that need to be reminded that we love and cherish them. And that together, we'll all get through whatever it is that we need to get through. So I say just take a minute to make those people important to us who are going through a crapstorm feel a little extra special.

So there's that.

Anyway... it's time for me to go fetch my laundry and get my show on the road. So I will leave it all to you folks. How has your week been, my friends? How has the Universe been treating you? Have there been nothing but highs? Nothing but lows? Nothing but something in between? Has the world about you been kind? Unfeeling? What is the good, the bad and the ugly in your worlds, my friends?

This here is your playground. You all know how it works... anything and everything is welcome here, my friends. Need to rant and vent? Need to spread a little love? Need to get something off your chest? Have some news that you need to share? This is the place to do it. So step on up, grab the microphone and belt it out. The spotlight is yours.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!

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